BIC Workshops

Communicating Price Details in ONIX Workshop
Thursday 23rd November 2017, 2-5pm
(Please note that this workshop is a re-run of the BIC Workshop (of the same name) that took place on Wednesday 26th July 2017. For this reason, attendees of the previous workshop should not attend this event as the content will be precisely the same as the former session
).

This event is for BIC and EDItEUR Members only however a limited quantity of tickets for Non-Member organisations are available and will be allocated on a first-to-register basis. Further restrictions apply; see the information provided below prior to booking your place.   

Workshop facilitators: Graham Bell & Chris Saynor, EDItEUR
Capacity: 30 people maximum
Price: BIC Members – £12 per delegate (ex VAT and Eventbrite fee)

Prices are one of the key data types in ONIX – and as a commercial standard that aims to enable automation of e-commerce, getting prices right and ensuring they are interpreted correctly by recipients is critical. And yet as books are increasingly sold into more complex markets, or with more complex pricing models, publishers and distributors are not always clear on what can be transmitted, what are the best practices, or how their existing price information is interpreted. 

This BIC Workshop will explore the broad range of types of price and business model, and discuss best practice for communicating these pricing details in ONIX records. It will outline the rationale for getting this metadata right, the specification to follow and discuss what variations the standards may need to include in the future. The Workshop will also include an open discussion about the issues, errors and/or omissions experienced by the delegates with current metadata, examples of which should be brought to the workshop (see Delegate Preparation Work, below). The Workshop will consider both simple, ‘traditional’ print pricing and more complex eBook models and advanced use cases, e.g. price conditions and price constraints, tax details, discounts etc. using the latest new features of ONIX 3.0.3.

Depending on the delegates in attendance, the Workshop may also discuss what application developers can do to support the best practice. 

This workshop will be of interest and relevance to users of both ONIX 2.1 and ONIX 3.0, and to publishers and retailers, data intermediaries and system vendors.

Delegate Preparation Work:
Delegates of this workshop will need to bring the following with them (preferably on a USB stick):

  • Example records of their organisation’s data, ideally in a small ONIX file, showing pricing details; multiple examples with different price types from each organisation are welcome. Examples may be anonymised by changing titles, authors, ISBNs, dates, textual descriptions etc. if necessary, but should ideally not be artificially-constructed sample records.
  • Matching screenshots showing the same data in their management systems.

By registering to attend this event, you are accepting that your organisation’s metadata will be seen and reviewed by others. Delegates should also ensure they are aware of the requirements of competition law, and should not discuss any details of actual prices or pricing strategies – the workshop discussion must be limited to how prices are communicated. You will be asked to tick a box to confirm your understanding of this during the registration process.

Further Reading:
Sections on the composite in:
ONIX 2.1 Specification
BIC / Nielsen BookData Guidelines for ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0 Specification
ONIX 3.0 Implementation and Best Practice Guide

Restrictions apply: 
1) Demand is likely to be high. A maximum of 2 delegates per organisation are permitted to attend this event; the number of delegates per organisation will be monitored by BIC and should your organisation exceed 2 delegates maximum, we will get in touch so you can agree who should attend.

REGISTRATION
To register for your ticket to attend this BIC Workshop, click here

 


Best Practice for Embedding HTML Markup in ONIX Workshop
Thursday 20th April 2017, 2-5pm

This event is for BIC Members only. Further restrictions apply; see the information provided below prior to booking your place. 

Training provided by: Graham Bell, EDItEUR
Capacity: 30 delegates maximum
Price: BIC Members – £12 + VAT per delegate

HTML is used in ONIX records to provide formatting in various ONIX data elements, i.e. multiple paragraphs, bold or italic text, bullet points, etc. An array of issues, errors and/or omissions can occur when embedding HTML in this way. These errors affect both data providers and data recipients detrimentally and come about for a variety of reasons including the differing delivery methods of HTML by data providers (some of which are standardised whilst others are not). The huge variety of errors consequently result in many data recipients having little option but to ignore or else strip out any and all markup in the ONIX files they receive; and many do strip out the HTML markup from the records they receive even if the data provider is one of the few that has embedded the HTML correctly. 

This BIC Workshop will describe best practice for embedding HTML in ONIX records. It will outline the rationale for getting your metadata right, the specification to follow and how to carry out the work correctly. The Workshop will also include an open discussion about the issues, errors and/or omissions experienced by its delegates; examples of which should be brought to the workshop (see Delegate Preparation Work, below). The Workshop will then discuss advanced use cases, e.g. Table of Contents. Depending on the delegates in attendance, the Workshop can also discuss what application developers can do to support the best practice. 

This workshop will be of interest and relevance to users of both ONIX 2.1 and ONIX 3.0.

Delegate Preparation Work:
Delegates of this workshop will need to bring the following with them (preferably on a USB stick):

  • Example records of their organisation’s data, ideally in a very small ONIX file; multiple examples from each organisation are welcome. 
  • Matching screenshots showing the same data in their management systems.

By registering to attend this event, you are accepting that your organisation’s metadata will be seen and reviewed by others. You will be asked to tick a box to confirm your understanding of this during the registration process.

Further Reading: 
http://www.editeur.org/files/ONIX%203/APPNOTE%20HTML%20markup%20in%20ONIX.pdf

Restrictions apply: 

1) This event is for BIC Member organisations only. 

2) A maximum of 3 delegates per organisation are permitted to attend this event; the number of delegates per organisation will be monitored by BIC and should your organisation exceed 3 delegates maximum, we will get in touch so you can agree who should attend.

REGISTRATION
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Tickets are available to BIC members only. 

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